A Day in the English Countryside

One of the things that is amazing about traveling the world, is being able to meet up with people you have met along the way at a later time.  It’s even better when you get to see them in their own element… their hometown! Lucky for us, our friends G and Y live near Bedford and invited us over to stay for a weekend to show us around the countryside north of London.

After we arrived at their lovely home and got settled, they started our sightseeing adventure by taking us on a walk around High Street in a quaint and beautiful town called Stamford. There was a UB40 concert there that night, so it was busy with people walking towards the concert wearing UB40 t-shirts (I didn’t even realize they were that popular!).

(Also, I realized after a while traveling in England, that every town has a High Street… Anyone know what the significance of that is?)

The church in __________
One of the churches in Stamford
This scene... just so classically English in my mind. Beautiful.
This scene… just so classically English in my mind. Beautiful.
This was at a construction site... A stuffed monkey hanging over a toilet with a sign that said "Bad Night."
This was at a construction site… A stuffed monkey hanging over a toilet with a sign that said “Bad Night.”

Then we had dinner at a Michelin rated restaurant which I will write more about in my upcoming British food post.

After dinner we walked around the little village of Lyddington. We walked down a road lined with houses built in the 1600’s, some with actual thatched roofs! It was a trip for me as I didn’t realize that houses are still made with them. We walked around the Lyddington Bebe House which was surrounded by an old graveyard that Zoë ran through with reckless disregard for the respect that probably needed to be shown for the dead buried centuries earlier. It was later in the evening so we didn’t stop her, hopefully we didn’t offend anyone… I don’t think we did.

Going out for a walk in Lyddington.
Going out for a walk in Lyddington.
I would love to transplant this house to Phuket... Well, maybe it would be better suited in Northern California.
I would love to transplant this house to Phuket… Well, maybe it would be better suited in Northern California.
Zoë trying to get water from the town water pump.
Zoë trying to get water from the town water pump.

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The Lyddington Bebe House clock tower.
The Lyddington Bebe House clock tower.
Gate into the Lyddington Bebe House graveyard
Gate into the Lyddington Bebe House graveyard
The old graveyard.
The old graveyard.
More of the graveyard
More of the graveyard
Real Thatched Roofs! So this is what they look like!
Real Thatched Roofs! So this is what they look like!
A restaurant along the way had this pig outside and Z insisted on us taking her picture with him before we could move on. I was happy to oblige her!
A restaurant along the way had this pig outside and Z insisted on us taking her picture with him before we could move on. I was more than happy to oblige her!

That was just the first day of sightseeing, there is so much more to tell you about. In my Friday post this week I am going to tell you about our time at Rockingham Castle. And here’s a hint… there were men in armor on horseback involved!

 

  20 comments for “A Day in the English Countryside

  1. Friend
    June 26, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Really beautiful pictures Jen. Looks just like scenes from movies set in England. Hmm. . . I would find it hard to leave!

    • andthreetogo
      June 26, 2014 at 7:26 am

      If I knew the weather would have stayed so sunny and nice (and it was a bit less expensive) I would have had a difficult time leaving as well!

    • andthreetogo
      June 26, 2014 at 7:27 am

      Thank you 🙂

  2. Cyndie Tobin
    June 26, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Lovely, lovely, lovely!

    • andthreetogo
      June 26, 2014 at 7:27 am

      I agree!

  3. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    June 26, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    The photos are great!!! I can’t wait to go! (Although I did take note of some long sleeves and slacks in one photo! I’ll make sure and go in summer!)

    • andthreetogo
      June 26, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      The crazy thing is… It is summer! I did wear some tank tops with my jeans though… So there is hope

  4. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    June 26, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I love the village/high street thing. I wish I could explain it in detail because I’m sure to people in the know it’s a fascinating historical discussion. I vaguely know it comes out of the way everyone lived in villages with only one main street (even London used to be a group of villages before it congealed) but that’s about where I stop.

    If you find out, let me know!

    • andthreetogo
      June 26, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks!

  5. Less to More
    June 26, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Lovely! I’m itching to go there!

    • andthreetogo
      June 27, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Thank you! It was absolutely beautiful, I would definitely recommend it!

  6. thriftytravelmama
    June 27, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Don’t you just love those random things you find while traveling, like the monkey and his “bad night”? 🙂 Looking forward to hearing about the men in armor on horseback!

    • andthreetogo
      June 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      I do love them! It makes the trip seem personal and special. Like an inside joke kind of…

      • thriftytravelmama
        June 27, 2014 at 5:26 pm

        exactly!

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  8. rachpea
    June 28, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    It sounds as though you had a wonderful time! Your lovely write up has prompted me to think about a little trip to the countryside whilst we are in the UK…we are looking like heading out to Bath. x

    • andthreetogo
      June 28, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      I would definitely recommend it! 🙂

  9. theblackberryboys
    June 30, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    The english countryside is so lovely. So green 🙂 Love the photo of Zoe and the pig 🙂 I did not realize UB40 still did concerts. How cool! I would love to see them 🙂 Did you go to the concert? I loved there “I can’t help falling in love” song 🙂 xoxo Fanni

    • andthreetogo
      July 1, 2014 at 9:18 am

      No we didn’t get to see them, although from what I could tell, it was a family affair. I bet z would have loved it!

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